Bishop Barron's Daily Gospel Reflection January 5, 2017
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Thursday, January 5, 2017
Saint John Neumann, Year I
in today’s Gospel Nathaniel recognizes Jesus as the Son of God and King
of Israel. Like Nathaniel, once we make the decision for Jesus, once we
determine that he is the supreme good, then every other claimant to
supremacy must fall away. As I’ve argued many times before, every one of
us has something or some set of values that we consider greatest. There
is some center of gravity around which everything else turns.
it is money and material things. Perhaps it is power and position.
Perhaps it is the esteem of others. Perhaps it is your country or your
political party or your ethnic identity. Perhaps it is your family, your
kids, your wife, your husband.
of this is false; and none of these things are bad. However, when you
place any of them in the absolute center of gravity, things go awry.
When you make any of them your ultimate or final good, your spiritual
life goes haywire. When you attach yourself to any of them with an
absolute tenacity, you will fall apart.